1931-1933. In the wake of unspeakable tragedy, Mildred moves forward with preparations for her new chicken-and-pie restaurant. After a slow start on opening night, the restaurant fills to capacity, and Mildred gladly welcomes Ida--her former fellow waitress at the diner--to help manage the frenzy. Among the guests is Monty, who wastes no time reacquainting himself with Mildred, and impressing Veda with his refined stature. At Monty's suggestion, Mildred hires a new piano teacher for Veda, but is unable to buy her a new piano when the repeal of prohibition forces her to add a bar to the restaurant. As Veda grows resentful, Mildred chafes at the indolent Monty and his extravagant lifestyle, culminating in an emotional New Year's Eve faceoff.
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